Military Wire: ‘Sgt. Will Gardner’ — sometimes the battle follows you home

In this Military Wire podcast, you’ll hear from Army veteran Luis Bordonada and Hollywood actor Max Martini that “asking for help is not a show of weakness.” You’ll also get the “behind the scenes” on what makes the movie Sgt. Will Gardner, written and directed by Max Martini, a must-watch if you are working through issues related to…

Military Wire: How combat veteran Carol Eggert navigates life’s transitions

I made an assumption that truly did make an ass out of me. When Comcast reached out with an inquiry regarding interviewing retired Brigadier General Carol Eggert, I stated that I would gladly interview her for our digital print editions because her corporate experience would certainly add value to those who are transitioning, but her…

Military Wire: Life after the sniper scope

Viewing life through a sniper’s scope was a daily practice for Special Forces Green Beret Rod Rodriguez. Getting blown up was just a part of life. And when it came time to transition — not by choice, but through a medical board — suddenly his daily practice was truly foreign, and more traumatic than his…

Military Wire: Documentary focuses on legendary Gen. Wesley Clark

The secret to success. Overcoming challenges and adversity. Global warming. And now, a new film that will challenge what we do and why we do it. It’s not every day one gets to interview one of America’s most accomplished soldiers and leaders and gain insight on why he does what he does and how others…

Military Wire: Fighter pilot ‘Whiz’ Buckley — How to go from unemployed to unstoppable

A recent study by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) revealed that more than 80 percent of the 8,500 veterans, active duty, guard, reserve, and military-connected dependents sampled felt that their work ethic, discipline, teamwork, leadership and mental toughness were all strengthened by their military service and experience. What the study also revealed…

Military Wire: WGU Washington positioning veterans for success

The GI Bill, beginning next year, will undergo some significant — and certainly welcomed — changes. One of the most significant changes is that the new legislation eliminates the current 15-year time limit on the use of the  Post-9/11 GI Bill for those who were discharged on or after Jan. 1, 2013. The intent is…

Military Wire: U.S. Veterans Affairs project aims to provide help at community level

In a continued effort to better serve veterans and their families, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Center for Innovation (VACI) joined forces in early April 2017 with Syracuse University and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) for a national pilot. The project is aimed at demonstrating the merits of a community-based health…

Military Wire: ‘Patriots Day’ a must-see movie

Disaster will strike. On Jan. 13, the movie Patriots Day by Peter Berg, the director of “Lone Survivor” and “Deepwater Horizon,” hits theaters — and this is one movie that should be required viewing for all. “Patriots Day” is the powerful story of the Boston Marathon bombing and a community’s courage to respond and come…

Military Wire: ‘U.S. Veterans in the Workforce’ book launch party Oct. 29

The past month I’ve been a bit remiss in keeping you all up to date on the latest and greatest initiatives, issues, and companies involving veterans. I could give you an excuse, but as my parents grilled into me throughout my youth, “excuses are no excuse for not getting the work done.” I simply didn’t…

Military Wire: Company performance improves with military veterans

Recent research performed by Efraim Benmelech and Carola Frydman, both associate professors of finance at Kellogg School, found “firms that are run by CEOs with military experience perform better than other CEOs.” The same holds true for companies that hire veterans as part of their overall team. While the trend in the early 2000s was…

Military Wire: Veterans weigh in on Hillary Clinton

Growing up, my dad encouraged me to use the “Ben Franklin Method” when faced with difficult decisions. Most of you know this method – get a piece a paper out, write your issue at the top, draw a line down the center, write pros on one side and cons on the other. I think in…

Military Wire: Discovery Channel searches for next ‘American Tarzan’

Military vet Tim Reames is competing in a new Discovery Channel series called “American Tarzan,” which premiered earlier this week. Unlike Spartan, which requires both individual and teamwork effort, “American Tarzan” features seven challengers who will attempt to conquer the island of Dominica – the first to do so will become American Tarzan. The seven…

Military Wire: VA — 28 medications in one day or medical marijuana?

Prescription drugs and medical marijuana continue to be at the center of an ongoing debate between those who are tasked with determining the best treatments for combat veterans who suffer from wartime ailments and those who have found temporary relief and even cures for post-traumatic stress (PTS) in medical marijuana. In the movie “When War…

Military Wire: When America wins Benghazi — ‘Jarhead 3: The Siege’

This movie couldn’t have come at a better time. With the recent attack in Orlando, America is reeling from getting kicked in the head one more time by cowards who prey on unassuming civilians. America needs a win and there is no question that our troops can and do win when leadership is strong –…

Military Wire: Special event June 14 — ‘When War Comes Home’

There is a part of the war story we often don’t see after our troops come home. Sure, we see the homecoming hugs and the lines of people lined up at the airports cheering our returning battle-fatigued service members. But then the story goes dark. Until we see the reports on homelessness or suicide. What…

Military Wire: Here’s what happens when veterans take on Hollywood

What happens when a couple of veterans who have already conquered success in the apparel world, radio and podcast world, join forces and decide to take on Hollywood? They make a movie despite Hollywood shunning them. Range 15, a comedic, zombie-apocalypse movie — made for vets by vets — made its debut at the Sundance…

Military Wire: America’s political turmoil linked to fewer veterans in office?

Jennifer Hickey could be on to something. The political analyst and Fox News contributor recently penned an article “Where are the veterans in office? Path from combat to Congress fading” that highlighted how rare it is to find a veteran serving in a political office — whether it be local, statewide or national. Could it…

Military Wire: VA wait times falsified while veteran suicides climb

USA Today reported recently that “Employees at 40 VA medical facilities in 19 states and Puerto Rico regularly ‘zeroed out’ veteran wait times.” The manipulation of the data masked the growing demand on services, preventing a response to increase services where needed. As a result, some veterans simply died waiting on services because of a…

Military Wire: VA suicide hotline — please leave a message

More than 22 veterans commit suicide a day. The Department of Veteran Affair’s crisis hotline – the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary– received more than 450,000 calls in 2014, a 40 percent increase over the previous year. According to the VA’s own office of inspector general, one in six calls are redirected to backup centers…

Military Wire: Is Wounded Warrior Project worthy of your donations?

During the past right years or so, I have often been pulled aside and asked my thoughts on WWP – otherwise known as The Wounded Warrior Project. Their mission is sound, “To honor and empower wounded warriors.” BUT their motives have led some to believe they are less then honorable. Did the organization that started…